New law would require servers to train to spot potential DUI drivers

Posted at 6:12 PM, Oct 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-16 21:59:07-04

A new law inspired by the deaths of two UCSD students would require all California bartenders and servers to take a class on how to spot someone who's had too much to drink. 

Assembly bill 1221 was authored by California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego). 

Her office released the following statement about the new law which reads in part: 

In May 2015, two UC San Diego medical students were killed by a wrong-way drunk driver in the Mission Valley area of San Diego. The drunk driver was leaving a local restaurant when he went the wrong way on State Route 163 and caused the collision that killed two and injured three other students. In the wake of the accident, classmates of the victims have worked with Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher and her office to develop legislation that would better equip servers to identify signs of over consumption and intervene before tragedy strikes.

The law would go into effect in 2021.